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wrenchturner
04-18-2005, 04:36 PM
Well this one is starting to upset me.. wondering if anyone else has had these.. its high on the rear of the car. ALmost like its the top of the rear wheel well. started on the right side now its on both.. every bump or wave in the road i hit.. I HATE SQUEAKS.. Its driving me nuts.. I put it on the alignment rack and the regular lifts in my shop and nothing is loose worn or otherwise out of place.. It does seem to go away after it rains or i wash the car. That makes me think it might be in the springs someplace.. But any idea's on this..

Lumpydogs
04-18-2005, 05:48 PM
Shocks, Shock Tower or Shock Rubbers ???

Just my guesses.

Paradisd
04-18-2005, 07:38 PM
Check your sway bar bushings.

ausie
05-02-2005, 08:05 AM
I have the same problem up front with my 04 but the noise is present when I turn the steering wheel. It goes away (not completely) when wet. I suspect my issue may be an inner connecting rod or ball joint but have not pin-pointed it yet until I can get someone to turn the wheel while I look for the noise.

I have had a mistery squeek in an Escort GT for the longest time. No one could find it until it revealed its ugly head when the passenger side slumped to the ground (metal fatigue, completely broke off the sub frame).

If it is related to suspension travel, it may be the shocks, especially if it becomes quiet when wet which acts as a lubricant to the shock shaft. It may also come from the bushings that the connecting arms are attached to.

However, you may want to inspect the floor panels from underneath the car and the welds where the sub frame meets the suspension for cracks. Sometimes metal ripping by stress will make the same sound as a bad ball joint or connecting arm bushing. Since the noise is comming from the rear, you may want to check the spoiler mounting nuts. They tend to make noise when they losten up. I had that issue with my 01.

sssvtcobra
05-05-2005, 04:00 PM
Ausie,

I had the same noise that you are talking about in my '04. It only happened when I turned the steering wheel left or right. I took it to my dealer and they inspected with chassis ears, and found a TSB on it. They ended up replacing the front rack mounts and front rack mounting sleeves. Problem solved, and it was all free under warranty, plus I got a free rental (part of the svt warranty)

ausie
05-06-2005, 07:32 AM
That sounds like a good idea. Besides that, I can hear the throw out bearing beginning to squeel (seems to stop with the slightest pressure on the clutch). Also, the clutch cable adjuster is not doing anything. I am beginning to have the "I can't get into gear at any speed" issue again. I do know the stock shifter needs some improvement, but there are times when it shifts smoothly and there are times it is difficult to get out of gear as well as go into gear. Down shiftings is not a problem, only the up shift 1,2,3.:mad: This week end I will probably pull the clutch cable cover off to see if I can get a vidual on the adjuster. I looked in the cabin at the clutch arm and only noticed a metal ball end so I assume the adjuster is in the transmission where the cable enters. I probably should not bother with it and just take it in. but the dealership where I bought the car is not reliable for service. The other SVT dealer close by would probably loose my car to theft or vandalizm. Before it goes in, all the goodies have to come off that can easily be stolen (snake in grill, and some other show-off items in the engine bay ).

FearTheSnake
05-06-2005, 11:28 AM
Ausie,

I had the same noise that you are talking about in my '04. It only happened when I turned the steering wheel left or right. I took it to my dealer and they inspected with chassis ears, and found a TSB on it. They ended up replacing the front rack mounts and front rack mounting sleeves. Problem solved, and it was all free under warranty, plus I got a free rental (part of the svt warranty)
Have an appointment next week to have mine replaced as well. This is the 2nd time occurred.

flynfink
05-06-2005, 12:17 PM
Well this one is starting to upset me.. wondering if anyone else has had these.. its high on the rear of the car. ALmost like its the top of the rear wheel well. started on the right side now its on both.. every bump or wave in the road i hit.. I HATE SQUEAKS.. Its driving me nuts.. I put it on the alignment rack and the regular lifts in my shop and nothing is loose worn or otherwise out of place.. It does seem to go away after it rains or i wash the car. That makes me think it might be in the springs someplace.. But any idea's on this..

Have you changed your springs yet? If so, could be a spring isolator out of place or missing.

ausie
05-07-2005, 11:22 AM
Well this one is starting to upset me.. wondering if anyone else has had these.. its high on the rear of the car. ALmost like its the top of the rear wheel well. started on the right side now its on both.. every bump or wave in the road i hit.. I HATE SQUEAKS.. Its driving me nuts.. I put it on the alignment rack and the regular lifts in my shop and nothing is loose worn or otherwise out of place.. It does seem to go away after it rains or i wash the car. That makes me think it might be in the springs someplace.. But any idea's on this..
I had the same issue with my 01. I believe it was the shocks since I could hear them every now and then. At first is started out as a suttle shock noise and then it got louder as the milage increased on them. I never got around to discovering the cause since I traded it in for the 04. Also, the other issue may be that heavy vinyl cap that runs across the back of the rear deck above the seats. That made alot of noise too. I even hear it rattle sometimes in the 04.

Push on it and see if it makes the same noise you hear when driving. It may be that, or the amplifier deck behind it.

wrenchturner
05-07-2005, 06:17 PM
Ill be looking at all of those thanks guys.. Pulled the TSB's for noises out of the alldata at work and came up with one #01-9-5 thats for 01-04 cobra only about the rear sway bar bushing and collar bolts as well as the upper control arm bushing being improperly tightened from the factory.As well as the lower shock being tourqed wrong too.. causing a pop or a squeak noise. So going to look into them too... Still has all the factory suspention and springs.. everything looks awesome under the car (nice being a mechanic you can always get it on a lift every day if you want) SO visually its perfect.. Ausie I do have that inside one too.. seems like package tray might be about right Ill look into that.. There is another TSB about the front seats causing one too.... I love alldata at times :) :) Now to find them :mad: So I can listen to my catless flowmaster without the noise...... LMAO

ausie
05-08-2005, 11:36 AM
is that "ALLDATA" a free web service or is it a mebership fee type deal?

I do recall the 03/04's had a TSB on the IRS mounting bolts being the wrong size in diameter. It appears that was the case with the front steering rack mounting bolts, they are way to small for the bushing sleeve. I went out and looked for parts to use to correct it (bought two bronze bearing sleeves but they were the same OD and ID of the rubber bushing sleeve. I was contemplating on replacing the bolts but without the sheer strength rating it would be pointless. A #8 bolt would be the correct size as compared to the 12mm bolt that was used. My guess is that the bushing sleeves are not metric sized. Two shims did the job (resurrected an old stainless steel rubber boot strap which came off the 96 exploder used to hold the air silencer in place). It almost sounds like ford had a QC blunder if some of the other issues have the same results (oversized sleeves for undersized bolts, hence the mix of standard and metric.

Thanks for the tip on the TSB, I guess my next job would be to check them out to avoid the noise, or loss of control.

wrenchturner
05-09-2005, 12:16 AM
ITs membership.. quarterly or something a year we get 10 or so DVD's of info at work.. all full off the TSB's recalls. It also gives labor times and how to do it stuff. On every car for say about 20 years.. LOL its cool at times.. Till its a NoData when it doesnt help you fix something..... LOL
Be more than happy to run TSB and such on your 04 for ya. I was in the 04 specs yesturday.. getting alignment specs to run on my 01 trying to settle down the wander under braking with the 265's on the front..

is that "ALLDATA" a free web service or is it a mebership fee type deal?

ausie
05-09-2005, 07:31 AM
I will buy that. Okay, what is the deal with the TOB on the T56 trans? If you could pull the skinny on that one, would be helpful before I go into the shop complaining about a transmission cricket. I am begginning to hear it sqeel a bit from time to time until I put pressure on the clutch it goes away. I do know the source is the quadrant as well as the pilot shaft for the TOB. It is best to be prepared with information before the service desk throws a bunch of BS at me like they did with the ping issue I had with the 01. They claimed that was normal, I asked where was it for the first 16k miles? when they took it for a test drive, they said it did not ping at all or was not bad enough to work on it. I would rather get the truth first and the BS later. One of the big issues I have with warranty repair, too many lies and hassles tends to warrant a non-return for service. Add that up to bad experiences in the past, I do not want the local SVT dealer to work on it.

wrenchturner
05-21-2005, 12:05 AM
I haven't found anyting on that yet ausie..... I am going to my SVY dealer tomorrow I'll ask the one SVT tech I know well if he has any inside stuff on it.

On another note I found my noise at last after well lets see.. sway bar bushings and links.. new spring rubbers, and shocks.... and still that noise :mad: Found it today having 2 of my coworkers bouncing the car up and down while we had it up on the alignment rack.. only took about 45 minutes (boy they were *****in about their arms being tired) It turns out the rear two e-brake cables where they come out of the body go through two little brackets. The plastic coating on the cables and the coating on the brackets wears off.. the result is metal to metal contact that as the suspention moves up and down causes my noise. I used some of the make a tool grip stuff to recoat the bracket and bushed it on the cable too.. then used some tire tube rubber to insulate it all when its put together.. works awesome and no more noise !!!!:rotf: :rotf: :rotf: :rotf: :rotf: :rotf:
So if you ever get a rear suspention noise you cant find.. look at your e-brake cables too... LOL


I will buy that. Okay, what is the deal with the TOB on the T56 trans?